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Editor's blog: Taking due care

The legislative programme outlined in the Queen's Speech is nowhere near as radical as its immediate predecessor, which led to - amongst other things - the passing of the Localism Act and the Police, Crime and Social Responsibility Act.

But it nevertheless contains a number of Bills that will have a major impact on local government legal and regulatory practice. Read more...

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ParliamentQueen's Speech heralds major changes in care cases, local audit and public sector pensions But reforms to adult care law appear to be delayed with only draft Bill put forward

High Court judge quashes censure of councillor for "sarcastic and mocking" comments posted online Welsh member successfully argues right to freedom of expression breached, despite prima facie breach of code of conduct

DAC Beachcroft targets no. 1 spot after Barnes hire Former Eversheds chief to lead local government practice

Local authority seeks closure order evicting homeowner for three months First time Croydon Council has applied for order applying to owner-occupier

Trading standards in "David and Goliath" win after company fined £1.25m Big Six energy company fined for misleading potential customers

Cabinet Office issues mythbusting factsheet on talking to suppliers pre-procurement Policy note also sets out detail of presumption against use of competitive dialogue

Law Commission proposes major shake-up of taxi and PHV licensing Plan to remove 340 sets of local standards for PHVs 

WLGA issues legal guidance on collaboration between Welsh authorities Document intended to reduce reliance on getting legal advice every time

Planning Officers Society issues guidance on Localism Act and NPPF

Education bodies join forces to launch £100m legal services procurement

Bristol stands apart as cities turn back on elected mayor model

Council seizes gaming machines in joint operation with police and HMRC

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General PowerThe General Power of Confidence - a new hope?
The general power of competence has been designed to give councils the confidence to act, using the power as their primary tool, without needing to refer back to central government. The question is: will the new power deliver? Read Nicholas Dobson's White Paper.

Held to account?
David Walker, former managing director for communications and public reporting at the Audit Commission, questions the Government's changes to local audit. 

Changing of the Guard
Graham Richardson looks at recent developments in relation to the complex issue of TUPE and service provision changes.

Numbers game
Clive Rawlings looks at the legal background to the controversy over good schools seeking to increase pupil numbers.  

Are you ready for the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012?
Deborah Ramshaw examines the potential impact of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and provides tips on how local authorities can prepare.

Battle of the bus lanes
Transport for London secured a High Court injunction after minicab company Addison Lee encouraged its drivers to start using bus lanes. Leanne Buckley-Thomson anaylses the ruling.

All change at the bar
Some notable changes to the Licensing Act - particularly in relation to temporary event notices - came into force on 25 April, writes Andrew Woods.

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The Queen's Speech and infrastructure by Angus Walker
The BBC has identified 18 bills in the speech, and the Telegraph and FT think there are 19.  Some of these are described as 'draft Bills' which means they will be published in draft for comment first, and may not actually be published in final form and debated this session.

Snap judgement: Are 'Regional Hubs', as suggested by Kent CC's Geoff Wild, the future for local government legal services?

...Yes, economies of scale are crucial

...No, councils need their own legal teams

Click here to vote now

And some you may have missed....

Sex, drugs and alcohol - the new public health role for local authorities
The controversial Health and Social Care Act 2012 has finally received Royal Assent. Jennifer Richardson looks at the new public health role for local authorities.

Arrested development
Ireland and Northern Ireland have been a fertile source of cases for procurement law practitioners. Jack Hayward examines the latest judgment, where a Government department was found to have breached the regulations. 

Powers of restraint
A recent case has given some helpful guidance on the use of restraint powers under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, writes Oliver Donald.

Planning our way to growth
Government proposals that would allow developers to force councils to renegotiate s. 106 agreements are unnecessary, argues Cllr Clyde Loakes.

FOI and the social work records of the dead
How should local authorities respond to FOI requests asking for access to the social work records of the deceased? Ibrahim Hasan examines the options available to them.

New lease of life
Jane Reyersbach considers the legal issues that Registered Providers should consider when tenants of shared ownership leases request extensions.

Keeping the safety net
Richard Mumford reviews a recent Court of Appeal ruling on the impact of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 on the High Court's inherent jurisdiction in relation to vulnerable adults.

Cost considerations
Jodie Sinclair looks at justification and cost defences in the light of a recent indirect discrimination case involving the Land Registry.

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